T&T Red Steel players are likely to get more prize money than they catered for after winning the 2015 Hero CPL T20 tournament at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday night.In front of a packed house, Dwayne Bravo's men turned back defending champions Barbados Tridents to claim their first title in the third edition of the tournament.
Batting first the Red Steel got to 178 for five off 20 overs with half centuries from Pakistani Kamran Akmal and South African Cameron Delport. Dwayne Bravo smashed a quickfire unbeaten 29 as well.Tridents got off to a great start but the Red Steel bowlers held their nerve to win the match and send the just over 18,000 fans into a frenzy.
The team pocketed US$400,000 for winning the tournament. They money was expected to be shared 50/50 between the owners Red Chillies Entertainment and the players. This meant that the players and management would have had to share US$200,000.
However, an official in the set up said that the owners are likely to forfeit their share of the prize money, since they were impressed with the performance of the Red Steel, which had not only been match winning, but had also given them a good enough return on their investment."The owners are likely to improve on what was promised and it is likely that the players would get double what they expected."
The owners would have made a tidy sum given the fact that all advertising spots available on the players gear were snapped up by local companies. Also the Oval was sold out on most days with an average of 110,000 patrons going through the turnstiles over the seven matches that were held at the Oval.